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Jack Scarlet was about to die.
A bullet whizzed by his head like a hornet from hell. One stray round could send this whole plant into the stratosphere. The Black Flags didn’t seem to care. Jack was trapped, outnumbered twenty to one, with no clear line of retreat. Yet even as they closed in on him, the white-clad soldiers fired steadily, heedless of the danger. Jack thought they wanted him alive, but it looked like they’d settle for making him dead.
Jack was cornered on a catwalk above a seething vat of hypertoxic chemical sludge that could reduce an elephant to a puddle of Jell-O in under a minute. While he might manage some acrobatics that would get him to an exit, Nika certainly could not follow. The stunning Russian blonde crouched behind him with her hands over her ears and her face buried against his back. Very brave at first, the young widow had grown increasingly apprehensive over the last few hours. Jack couldn’t blame her. This mission was going downhill fast.